Officials from the town of Laughlin are concerned that the public is extending the life of a massive Colorado River floating event that most thought was canceled last year. The Bullhead City Council voted to discontinue the annual regatta that drew as many as 30,000 participants at its zenith, presenting a host of problems ranging from trash and transportation to public safety and civil liability.

Many don't care for the color scheme of the Beale Street Smoke Shop, but according to the City Attorney it can't be changed.
Many don't care for the color scheme of the Beale Street Smoke Shop, but according to the City Attorney it can't be changed.

KINGMAN – Kingman City Council member Stuart Yocum wants to round up a painting posse to redecorate a building he says is an eyesore in downtown Kingman. Yocum essentially sought permission to do so during the February 21 Council meeting.
Yocum noted that many don’t care for the garish green color scheme at the Beale Street Smoke shop that was closed in a law enforcement raid and drug bust last spring.

BULLHEAD CITY – Amnesty Day was held at the Bullhead City Municipal Court on February 24 and was a success for the many citizens who took advantage of this opportunity.
At the end of business, the Court quashed 37 warrants, 51 individuals were in non-compliance and reestablished a payment plan prior to a warrant being issued and 50 individuals driving privileges were reinstated.
“The Court was busy all day and I am extremely proud of our team who did an amazing job,” stated City Magistrate Pete Psareas. “I am happy we had the opportunity to help people with a second chance and improve public trust. I know there was some skepticism from the public, but out of the 80 plus people who were seen zero were taken into custody.”
The court hopes to have the opportunity to hold another Amnesty Day in the future.

Kingman Middle School Band Students show off their awards received from the Arizona Music Educators Association’s Northern Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival held on February 25 in Prescott, Arizona. Twenty-five KMS musicians earned top ratings during the annual competition involving nearly 400 middle school musicians from across northern Arizona. Adjudicators assessed students’ musicianship and technical accuracy in pitch, rhythm, technique, interpretation, artistry and stage presence.

KINGMAN – The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District responded to a residential structure fire in the 3900 Block of Northfield Avenue in North Kingman on February 21 at approximately 11:15 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to find a fully involved singlewide mobile home and a travel trailer. The Fire threatened residences on both sides of the property as Firefighters were forced to use a defensive operation due to the extent of the fire and ammunition going off within the building during the height of the fire.
Crews had the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes with extensive mop up and overhaul needed. Occupants had vacated the property prior to Fire Department arrival and no injuries were reported.
The fire investigation continues at this time with NACFD Fire Prevention Personnel. Additional information regarding this incident may be directed to Interim Fire Chief Tim Kind or Battalion Chief Don Dallman at (928) 757-3151.

KINGMAN – Pastor Kent Simmons was the first to express interest in serving out the term of Mark Abram, the former Kingman City Council Member who stepped down while relocating to north Phoenix. Simmons submitted his resume and letter of interest in being appointed to the position on Thursday, February 23.
Former Council Member Erin Cochran said she will also be putting her hat into the ring for appointment considerations. Any other citizen who is eligible and interested has until the March 14 deadline to turn in application materials at the Kingman City Clerk's office.

Mark Abram

mark abramKINGMAN – Mark Abram is resigning his Kingman City Council post. Abram said he will be relocating to north Phoenix. “It was a tough decision because we really love Kingman and the Kingman area and what we do here, but it will put us a little bit closer to our grandchildren and they’re at the age where we feel it’s important to be around them,” Abram said. Abram is also leaving his executive position with Frontier Communications to take on a new employment opportunity. “I’ll be going back into the manufacturing industry - which I have 20 plus years experience in - and running an operation both in Phoenix and Sonora, Mexico,” Abram said. Abram said he’ll return to visit friends in Kingman and remain interested in community affairs. “I’m in hope that this current council will continue making the progress that we’ve made on the Kingman Crossing, continue to work on the public safety issues that need to be addressed and, of course, economic development is at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts,” Abram said. “I believe we have a competent group moving forward and I can only pray that they continue down that path.” Abram’s resignation takes effect Friday, February 24. An application, screening and interviewing process has typically been employed over the years to fill vacant Kingman council seats. There will be about 22 months left in Abram’s term of office.

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s January 27 meeting on the Kingman Young Marines program was Robert B. Shankey, USMC Retired Pilot (above right with club member and Rotary 5490 District Governor Dan Messersmith). Kingman Young Marines program is open to youths ages 8 to 18 and teaches core values of Leadership, Teamwork and Discipline. For further information, email: kingmanyoungmarines@gmail.com or visit their website: youngmarines.com.
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s January 27 meeting on the Kingman Young Marines program was Robert B. Shankey, USMC Retired Pilot (above right with club member and Rotary 5490 District Governor Dan Messersmith). Kingman Young Marines program is open to youths ages 8 to 18 and teaches core values of Leadership, Teamwork and Discipline. For further information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website: youngmarines.com.
Terry  Flanagan, Commandant/Kingman Marine Corps League (on the right) presented Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s Honorary Rotarian/Past President Don Vawter with a Certificate of Appreciation at the club’s January 27 meeting for the club’s donation of 2-1/2 boxes of toys to the Christmas Toys for Tots drive.
Terry Flanagan, Commandant/Kingman Marine Corps League (on the right) presented Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s Honorary Rotarian/Past President Don Vawter with a Certificate of Appreciation at the club’s January 27 meeting for the club’s donation of 2-1/2 boxes of toys to the Christmas Toys for Tots drive.